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Tuesday’s transfer rumors – Real Madrid name their top target to replace Karim Benzema

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Real Madrid name their top target to replace Karim Benzema

Erling Haaland is Real Madrid’s top transfer target to succeed Karim Benzema.

Despite Benzema being in talks with the club to extend his contract beyond 2023, Real Madrid are looking to the future. They want a successor for the 34-year-old. And with Haaland smashing home the goals constantly for Manchester City, as well as being just 22, the young Norwegian is their No. 1 priority.

City manager Pep Guardiola, however, has denied Haaland has a release clause in his contract for 2024. [Florian Plettenberg – Sky Sport]

Martinelli wants a new Arsenal deal

Gabriel Martinelli wants to commit his future to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract with the Premier League leaders.

The 21-year-old forward is reportedly in talks with the club about doubling his current salary of around £50,000 a week. His current contract at the Emirates runs until June 2024. [The Times – subscription required]

Atletico Madrid re-sign Antoine Griezmann

Keita to join Barcelona?

Barcelona have set their sights on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.

The 27-year-old midfielder will be available for a free transfer next summer when his Liverpool contract ends. Barcelona plan to keep tabs on Keita until then. The Catalan giants may approach him in January to sign a pre-contract agreement – if they decide to do a deal. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Stuttgart sack manager Pellegrino Matarazzo

De Jong or Bellingham? Man Utd’s tricky decision

Manchester United must decide whether to move for Frenkie de Jong or Jude Bellingham.

The Red Devils remain in contact with Barcelona over a potential transfer for De Jong. However, given Bellingham’s excellent form at Borussia Dortmund, they might turn their attention to the 18-year-old England international. United, though, may face competition from Liverpool. [Independent]

Iwobi begins Everton contract talks

Everton have begun preliminary talks with midfielder Alex Iwobi over a new contract.

The 26-year-old Nigeria international has thrived under Frank Lampard this season. He has started nine times already in the Premier League and supplied a goal and two assists in his last three games.

Iwobi’s current contract at Goodison Park runs until June 2024. [Football Insider]